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Firefighters offer tips on how to keep your home safe during holidays

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December 26, 2016 - 6:00 AM

KAMLOOPS - It's the time of year when fire hazards seem to be everywhere, now Kamloops Fire Rescue is informing the public on how to stay safe this season.

In a news release, KFR says one of the main causes of fires during the holidays is cooking. You can stay safe by keeping an eye on the stove or microwave and staying in the kitchen while something is cooking.

All combustible items should be kept a distance from the stove including tea towels, wooden or plastic spoons and paper towels.

You should also keep a pot lid near the stove to smother flames as quickly as possible.

For Christmas trees, KFR suggests picking a tree with fresh green needles and watering it daily. It should be kept at least three feet away from fireplaces, heat vents, candles or lighting fixtures.

Keep an eye on the tree lights. KFR says you should replace strings of lights that are worn out, have broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Always turn the lights off before you leave home or go to sleep, or consider using timers to preset on and off times. 

When it comes to candles and tea-lights, you should use non-combustible containers and consider battery-operated candles. Place them in a location where they can't be knocked over or come in contact with combustible items.

Blow out all the candles before leaving a room or going to bed. 

KFR recommends that every home have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm on each level and in each sleep area.

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